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2 bad beatings

Oct 28, 2003 3:35 AM

If you had Louisville and Washington State last week, don’t even think about jumping off the Stratosphere Tower. Bets do tend to even out in the long run.

Just ask the wiseguys who had East Carolina and Washington State.

Louisville scored 23 points in the final quarter, including a touchdown as time expired. The score set up a routine PAT that would have covered a 16½ spread against the Pirates, but the Cards chose to run off the field and not kick the conversion. Thus, ECU came away literally with the "walkoff cover" in a 36-20 defeat.

Washington State gave away a cover as a 7½-point favorite against Oregon State, choosing in the waning moments to take a safety off a punt situation deep in its own territory. The visiting Beavers gained two points and the ATS victory as a 36-30 loser.

Looking ahead to this week, the elite games on our sheet include Michigan at Michigan State, Miami at Virginia Tech, Nebraska at Texas, Washington State at USC, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma and Georgia at Florida.

Judging by the lackluster efforts against Vanderbilt and UAB, Georgia has been dreaming about Florida for three weeks. The Dawgs better be careful what they wish for because the Gators have played well since plugging that "Leak" at QB and are off a bye week.

HOT TIP: Try Memphis. The Tigers have covered their last two games by a combined 63½ points. This week Memphis hosts East Carolina, a former Dirty Dozen No. 1. Take the host Tigers at anything under 40.

UPSET WATCH: Came up 2-2 last week with Utah falling to New Mexico outright and Georgia barely surviving Ala- Birmingham as a 30-point chalk, 16-13. On the radar screen this week are Iowa (Purdue next) against Illinois and Ole Miss (Auburn next) hosting South Carolina. Expect Lou Holtz to call Eli Manning the greatest QB he’s ever seen.

SET TO BUCKLE: UNLV, BYU. These Mountain West clones were locked at the hip until OT produced a winner. The sinking Rebs run smack into New Mexico, off a huge win over Utah. BYU gets high-octane Boise State in a Friday night special from Provo-lone. Take Boise and add some pepperoni to that ESPN cold pizza.

ROMP ALERT: Iowa State. The Cyclones went scoreless at Nebraska and face run-’em-up Bill Snyder’s K-State express. Kansas State, as a modest 20-point home favorite, blasted archrival Kansas last week 42-6. Wiseguys love bullies.

SECOND GUESS: If Alabama coach Mike Shula takes the three points in the red zone instead of going for the TD in a 13-13 tie, we’re saved from a 5-OT marathon and Bama probably goes on to win. He doesn’t (kick), they didn’t (win) and we weren’t (spared).

ATS CHAMP: Rutgers. The Scarlet Knight improved to 8-0 with the outright upset of Temple as a 3-point dog. Previously unbeaten Utah fell to New Mexico.

SCOREBOARD: Favorites 30-23 ATS. "Over" 10-8-2 in posted totals.